It’s 3 a.m.
I hear the front door open and close.
Work boots pass over head.
Then a chair scrapes the floor.
He stocking foots it to the laundry room where he strips off his oily work clothes.
I hear the shower go on….off.
He heads to bed for a few brief hours of sleep, with the tv on.
I slip back into a semi-sleep until Hoo wakes at 6.
I hear Hoo’s bottle hit the floor around 6:30.
The signal he is up and ready for company.
This morning the kitchen looks like the bar scene from “Star Wars”.
It’s a busy day in the biofuel business.
Everyone is on deck.
The center of the constellation is the bossman.
The most interesting, constantly evolving person I know.
He drinks a coffee and nurses a morning headache but always keeps an upbeat attitude.
He sits in the dining room and reads the Wall Street Journal.
Bart rolls out of bed bare-chested in pajama pants and heads for the coffee.
He’s eats a big breakfast.
Eggs and steak or 3 grill cheeses.
Jonesy knocks at the door ever polite, our fix it man, only 22 like Bart.
happy to make it for breakfast.
He eats whatever I put in front of him.
Genady, the Russian worker is smoking outside.
He never comes in the house.
I’ve stopped trying to get him to come in and instead let Bart take food out to him.
I wave and say “Morning” to him but all he says with his big smile is,
“Nice day,nice day”.
10 years in America and still no speakee English, yeah right!
The last of the motley crew is Aldy, young and shy, and always stinking of trap grease.
I question Bart,
“Are you pouring oil over his head? How is he getting so filthy?”
“Aldy go change your clothes and take a shower man!”
He does and comes back with his thick hair slicked back.
We are cornering the market on Tide and Oxyclean.
So another day begins as they all pile out to the trucks.
Genady and Bart lingering over coffee and a cigarette by their truck.
Waving to Hoo who stands by the screen door waving and calling to them.
I pick him up.
Come on big boy.
Time to get dressed.
These breakfast bars although not healthy enough to replace a well-balanced breakfast are good enough in a pinch or for those who won’t eat breakfast.
They make a great mid-morning snack too.
As you adjust the recipe to suit your own tastes just be aware that the recipe does not do well with flax or flax-seed or with drier cereals like chex.
Have a great week WP kids.
Be safe out there.
If you see an oil truck on the B’more streets be kind to them.
They are my boys!
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup butter
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 and 1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chocolate chips
6 cups Honey Nut Cheerios
1.Preheat oven to 375 F
2. In a large bowl mix the sugar, peanut butter, water, vanilla, and eggs.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
Mix into the batter.
Mix in oats, raisins, chocolate chips.
Carefully stir in the cereal.
Drop 1/2 cupfuls of batter onto ungreased cookie sheet leaving space between bars.
3. Bake for 12-14 minutes until bars are browned at edges.
Let cool completely on cookie sheet before moving to storage bags.
This is gmom, Cujo and family,